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Cognitive Influence: Cultivating Responsible Choices

Posted June 21, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Monique Harris

Responsible choices begin with how we process information. A thought pattern or mindset influenced by wise and trustworthy counsel and teaching can foster a culture of responsible choices individually and corporately. The Air Force has tasked all of its members to exemplify the characteristics of a leader. People who are leaders stand out. They do…

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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted December 21, 2012 by Maj. Evelyn Schumer

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted June 27, 2013 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Mickey Evans

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Stepping Forward

Posted January 9, 2014 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Chad Nichols

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote…

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Life is moving, move with it

Posted July 24, 2014 by Commentary by Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You can’t be neutral on a moving train” is a famous quote, and the title of a memoir and documentary about the life of author, historian and activist Howard Zinn. What this means is that things are happening all around us, and everything in life is moving in a certain direction….

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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted January 29, 2015 by Commentary by Lt. Col. Michael Ebner

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to…

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Doing the right thing

Posted August 3, 2012 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted February 28, 2013 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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All things happen for a reason

Posted September 3, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Keith Connella

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most think that we have complete control over what happens next in our world. Life can always throw obstacles at us where we have to adapt and overcome. At times we can feel as if the whole world is about to crumble in front of us. To be able to make…

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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted March 7, 2014 by Lt. Col Angela Spaith

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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